Spartans Complete Weekend at ITAs & Purdue

Spartans Complete Weekend at ITAs & Purdue

The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team wrapped up its second weekend of the fall season, with the team in action at the ITA Division III Fall Central Region Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Purdue Fall Invitational in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Leading the way for the Spartans at the ITA Regionals was senior Josh Dughi, who entered the 128-player draw as the ninth seed.  He advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-0 win over DePauw's Gregory Frauenheim, before falling to second-seeded Nicholas Chua of Chicago in the quarterfinals on Saturday. 

A pair of Spartan freshman also reached the round of 32 of the singles draw, with 17th-seeded Siddharth Rajupet dropping a 6-1, 6-2 decision to fourth-seeded John Carswell of Washington, and unseeded Sam Concannon dropping a three-set match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, to seventh-seeded John Wu of Washington.

Dughi also paced CWRU in doubles action, teaming with sophomore Rob Stroup to advance to the round of 32 of the 64-team draw, where the duo suffered an 8-3 setback to ninth-seeded Erik Kerrigan and Ninan Kumar of Chicago.  Concannon and Rajupet also reached the round of 32 before falling to ninth-seeded Jeremy Lichtmacher and Ian Paik of Oberlin 8-1.

In the doubles consolation draw, seniors Phillip Gruber and Gabriel Murcia advanced to the semifinals with an 8-1 win over Fontbonne's Sebastian Culton and Blake Wisniewski, an 8-2 win over Augustana's Scott Daluga and Nicholas Prabhakar, and a victory by walkover against John Carroll's Scott Adsit and Dillon O'Brien, before dropping an 8-4 decision to Kenyon's Austin Diehl and Michael Roberts.  On the other side of the doubles consolation draw, seniors Fred Daum and Adam Collins picked up an 8-4 win over Kalamazoo's Eric De Witt and Spencer Navarre, and an 8-3 win over Adrian's Brandon Brom and Joseph Loselle to reach the quarterfinals.

At the Purdue Fall Invitational, freshman Anthony Kanam stood out among what was mostly NCAA Division I competition, winning his first two singles matches of the weekend to reach the semifinals of the 'D' flight.  Kanam added a 2-1 record in doubles play with freshman Zach Hennessey in the 'C' flight at the tournament.

Other Spartans to pick up singles wins at Purdue included freshman Henry Squire, freshman Joshua Piatos, freshman Rajeev Laungani, freshman Rohith Koneru, sophomore David Zakhodin, sophomore Tyler Holsopple, freshman Varun Jayaram and Hennessey.

The Spartans will wrap-up their fall campaign next weekend, when the team hosts the CWRU Invitational on Saturday, October 1st.